ESD promotes education to help people view global issues as their own and take action to solve them.The 2023 UNESCO/Japan ESD Award, which recognizes outstanding projects, was awarded to Kanazawa University International Organization's ``Intergenerational Learning for the Revitalization of Remote Areas in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks in Japan''.This is the second award from Japan, following Okayama University in 2016.
According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Kanazawa University project is being led by Associate Professor MAMMADOVA AIDA of the International Organization.Set in Ishikawa Prefecture's Hakusan UNESCO Eco Park and Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark, foreign students and residents of surrounding areas struggling with declining birthrates and aging populations interact and strive to create a sustainable region.
This activity was highly praised for contributing to regional revitalization by fostering environmental entrepreneurship among local residents and creating new employment opportunities.
The UNESCO/Japan ESD Award was established in 2014 through the efforts of the Japanese government. Three projects are selected from around the world every year from 2015 to 2019, and every two years thereafter.The winner will receive US$2.